The Nation: Foreign Aid: Scrambling to the Rescue

THE dust had scarcely settled on the ruins of the Senate foreign aid bill when the Administration set out to rebuild the program out of the rubble. The White House started at once to try to reverse the stunning 41-to-27 defeat. National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, in daily consultation with President Nixon, put together a high-level, high-pressure lobbying campaign that sent Cabinet members scrambling to the rescue of foreign aid. Secretary of State William Rogers pleaded with a hostile Senate Foreign Relations Committee to put the program back together. Defense Secretary Melvin Laird warned that the moment could not be worse...

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